What is Dropshipping?
Dropshipping is not a new term, it has been around for quite some time. But there are also misconceptions on what drop shipping really is. We know dropshipping and we understand it. We have been dealing with thousands of legitimate drop ship suppliers for years.
So, the question, what is drop shipping?
Let’s start with terminology. We hear many people state they want to dropship and become a drop ship business. This is wrong! They really mean that they want to be a retailer that uses drop ship suppliers.
Dropshipping is a service offered by (some, not all) Wholesalers. When you use a Wholesaler who offers Drop Shipping you don’t have to worry about stocking or shipping products. Instead, when you get an order from a customer, you contact your wholesaler and they ship it to your customer for you. This means you, as a retailer, can sell a variety of products without ever having to stock any inventory whatsoever. This makes drop shipping very appealing for new, small, home-based online businesses.
How Drop Shipping Works:
No matter where you plan to sell products online (eBay, Amazon or even open your own online store) if you are starting a business selling products from home then you probably don’t want to carry much, if any, inventory. Most people who are starting their first online business via auctions or online stores don’t have a lot of money to buy a bunch of products or the space to warehouse and store the products they want to sell online. This is where working with a real Dropshipper will save you a ton of money.
As stated earlier, a real Dropshipper is simply a Certified Wholesaler who offers dropshipping. Not all wholesalers offer dropshipping. In fact it’s quite difficult to find genuine certified Wholesalers who will dropship and work with online sellers.
For online sellers, working with a Dropshipper is pretty easy. You find the Dropshipper you want to work with (the one who has the products you want to sell.) They will then give you access to their product images so that you can post them on your website, auction, blog or however you plan to sell online. When a customer orders the product, you then order the product from the Wholesaler and they ship it to your customer.